I have been phone interviewing with a company with six different people (Europe based financial company) in Hong Kong for approximately two months, they have verbally offered me the position with good salary. I initially rejected the offer because of some issues (I can't tell here.) The manager at the company said he wanted to talk to me on the phone to discuss these issues and work them out. I waited for like 2 1/2 weeks and the head hunter told me the manager was out blahblahblah; therefore, it took so long. I really don't care whether the manager was really out or he was playing time game with me. I told them that I would be in Hong Kong on 08/15 before; however, due to some circumstances, I had to cancel the flight on 08/15. Last Friday, the head hunter called me and the manager of the company in HK wants to meet up with me in person to discuss the issues and show me around the environment. Hello!! I'm still in the U.S.!!! I'm thinking about scheduling the meeting with the manager on Friday afternoon. I will leave this coming Wednesday (08/27/2008) evening in US, when I arrive in Hong Kong on Friday morning, I will just find a place to shower and etc. Meet with the manager and etc at noon or later. Afterward, meet with my friends and leave on Sunday morning. I checked the flight ticket, it wasn't that expensive and it was in my budget. What would you do if you were me???
A couple questions:
1) Why that manager and company waited so long? I had a feeling that they just wanted to meet me in person to discuss all these issues instead of on the phone.
2) If the manager in HK asks what is the new company I'm heading to. I have the rights not to disclose it, right? (I can't provide more info on this one here, sorry)
3) Do HK companies have any policies that new employees must start on the 1st week of the month or something due to orentiation and etc? If things do work out, I have to return to US and tie up some loose ends - this will take at least two weeks.